Making connections at work matters in the ‘age of loneliness’

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We all would like to avoid that feeling of loneliness. Research shows it’s terrible for our health; it diminishes cognitive performance and the immune system, increases the risk of heart disease and dementia and hastens early death. And the psychological effects are just as bad; studies show that people need strong social connections to feel happy and find meaning in their lives, and that many of us would actually rather receive mild electroshocks than be alone.

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The surprising relationship between mood and productivity

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Michael Grothaus: There is a quote I love that says, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” I’ve found that to be true: Anything of significance I’ve accomplished in my life has, at least in part, been due to the attitude I’ve held, even when there were negative factors working against me that were outside my control.

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Research shows your view of the world changes with the language you speak

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There are a lot of perks that come with being bilingual.  Job prospects are better, a boost in cognitive abilities, and even protection from dementia.  Now new research shows that depending on the specific language they are operating in, they can also view the world in different ways.   Continue reading… “Research shows your view of the world changes with the language you speak”

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Gelatin NanoParticles could Deliver Drugs to your Brain

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Stroke victims could have more time to seek treatment that could reduce harmful effects on the brain, thanks to tiny blobs of gelatin that could deliver the medication to the brain non-invasively.

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Box Office Smash and Freud Fuel Psychology Boom in China

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A growing number of Chinese are turning to Freud in their psychology training.

Zhong Juntao closed his living room window, pulled the curtains, put on some soft piano music and laid down on the sofa. “I’m walking down some stairs,” he said to himself gently, his eyes closed. “A door opens at the end of the stairs. I see a beautiful seaside beach.”

 

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Language May Help Create, Not Just Convey, Thoughts and Feelings

Learning another language can change your perspective on Life!

The language we speak may influence not only our thoughts, but our implicit preferences as well. That’s the finding of a study by psychologists at Harvard University, who found that bilingual individuals’ opinions of different ethnic groups were affected by the language in which they took a test examining their biases and predilections.

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Your Mind Is a Frequent, but Not Happy, Wanderer!

A recent Harvard study used an iPhone web app to gather 250,000 data points

People spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy. So says a study that used an iPhone web app to gather 250,000 data points on subjects’ thoughts, feelings, and actions as they went about their lives.

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